PEN Center USA West announced Wednesday the winners of its 1998 Literary Awards Competition. Naomi Ilzuka won in the drama category for “Polaroid Stories;” Larry Gelbart won the teleplay award for “Weapons of Mass Destraction;” and Paul Thomas Anderson won best screenplay for “Boogie Nights.”
Established in 1982, PEN West’s annual awards program is a unique regional competition that rewards writers living in the western U.S. in ten categories. This years awards honor outstanding works published or produced in 1997.
The other winners are James Salter (“Burning the Days”) for creative nonfiction; Harry W. Greene (“Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature”) for research nonfiction; Molly Gloss (“The Dazzle of Day”) for fiction; Linda Bierds (“The Profile Makers”) for poetry; Paul S. Jacobs (“James Printer: A Novel Rebellion”) for children’s literature; Michael Henry Heim (“A Bohemian Youth”) for translation; and Mark Arax (“A Labor of Love for Boys of McFarland”) for journalism.